The Great Lakes Seaway Trail is a 518 mile scenic drive along Lake Erie, the Niagara River, Lake Ontario, and the St. Lawrence River in New York and Pennsylvania.
We’ll be focused on the portion that runs along the southern Lake Ontario shoreline, from Fort Niagara in Youngstown to Fort Ontario in Oswego. Checkout this Google Map of locations along the Seaway Trail.
I recommend breaking the route in two: Fort Niagara one day, Fort Ontario another. I’d also recommend enjoying the stops backwards, heading into Rochester rather than away.
Get the bulk of the long-drive out of the way in the morning and start the trip at the farthest point, bouncing your way back slowly toward Rochester. You’ll have a better gauge of your time, how you and your traveling companions are feeling, and ensure that you don’t use up your energy before a long drive home.
The great thing about a trip like this is it’s primarily slow roads passing through small farming and lakeside communities. You’ll find unique places to see, shop and eat while enjoying a relaxing day along Lake Ontario. You’ll also find a great variety of places that will entertain you, inspire you, and calm you.
Western Seaway Trail
The trail runs from Fort Niagara to Rochester mainly along Rt. 18, taking you through Youngstown, Wilson, Olcott, Oak Orchard, Hamlin, Braddock Bay, Hilton, and Charlotte.
There are so many things to do along the Lake Ontario Seaway Trail. What you choose depends on how long you wish to explore in one area. There are parks, attractions, and farms sprinkled throughout the region.
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Please follow the most current recommendations from the CDC and New York State for spending time away from your home. The great outdoors can provide a well needed respite & escape during stressful times. Please move quickly through parking lots, trail heads, and scenic areas. If crowded, choose a different park, trail, or time to visit. Please day trip responsibly.